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Hawaii Day 5-9

I will let the photos do the talking for the bittersweet goodbye of our Kona Condo and our island hopping 30 minute plane trip. I will spare you the nauseating details of how Elise vomited all over herself and her car seat and the rental car on the 45 minute car ride from the condo to the airport just before island hoping. And I won’t share in too much detail of how the emergency Febreze we bought at WalMart didn’t mask the stench of curdled milk vomit on the carseat only added a floral scent to the reek of the van. Oh wait, maybe I didn’t actually spare you anything. What can I say? Misery loves company.

Since I already have you gagging at your computer, how about this. She threw up 3 times before we boarded the plane! Yeah vacation!

After an emergency carseat, vomited covered clothes rinse at the neighborhood Hawaiian McDonalds (who, I must add, advertised their “local breakfast” of Spam and Eggs with billboard sized signs all over the side of their building!) and the trip to WalMart for the above mentioned Febreze and a few more cans of spray on sunblock (every twenty-first century mom’s favorite invention) and a few more pounds of snacks we finally reached the airport.

A very kind airport luggage assistant earned a crisp twenty from me for helping Beth and me and the three kiddos move our 200+ pounds of luggage, carseats and carry-ons  from one end of the check in street (everything is outdoors at the Kona airport so the check in dock was just a long street filled with confused tourists) to the other end because of an honest ticket mistake made by Tim. Yeah I am sending out the blame on this one. Tim and the confusing scripted ticket are at fault. Whatever. The lady helped us. In fact she even made it possible for us to jump line (totally worth the $20) and helped us repack our over 50lb limit bags so we could actually check our luggage and not have to fedex it to the island a puddle jump away.

After we loaded the plane everything was better.

Oahu is incredible and we have 1,000 plus photos to prove it.

Here are a few of our favorites.

We stayed at the Aulani Disney Resort and this was the view from our three rooms.

The boys and Beth went down and enjoyed the water park while Tim bathed his vomit stench princess and I washed all the vomit covered clothes in the kids’ bathroom sink (travel tip- bring small container with liquid laundry soad when ever you travel with kids. This container took up little space and saved us from traveling with the stench of vomit! Yeah for liquid laundry soap!)

Beth ordered room service that night and stayed with a sleeping Elise while Tim, the boys and I went to the Hawaiian Luau welcome reception.

The following day we ate and swam and ate and splashed during the day while Tim was at meetings. That evening Beth and the kids went to a movie/fun night hosted by Disney characters that didn’t show up until after the kids went to back to the room to order more room service. While Michael enjoyed the spoiled life of food being delivered to his hotel room, I threw my diet and self control out the window when my formal dress zipped up (with room to spare!) .  Tim and I went out dressed to the nines and enjoyed an incredible dinner with loads and jugs of fantastic wine.

Make sure to check out how awesome my hair looked. I am feeling pretty vain about the job I did with a few bobby pins and a yard and a half of gold dress trim. And here I thought all those years of theatre were a waste of time. I never could have done that ‘do without all those hours of practice in the green rooms of theatre across North Dakota!

We did more swimming and eating and splashing and eating the next day. We even ate lunch next to the shark/manta ray pool and lucked out because it was their lunch time too! We watched a Marine Biologist feed the sharks and manta rays to the squealing delite of the boys AND Elise.  This time we actually ventured past the resort’s incredible water park and into the ocean again. We played there until sunset.

Even Elise!

Patrick and Michael participated in a duck parade.

Tim bathed the kids and put them down while Beth and I enjoyed a private concert and some fireworks (and a few drinks! Hooray for sister time!)

The following day (Day 8 and final full day in Hawaii) Tim and I went to Pearl Harbor which deserves a post all its own and maybe if you nag him enough Tim will do that for you all. After touring the Arizona memorial and  crossing the most interesting bridge to Battleship Missouri we came back just in time to splash in the water park for a couple hours and enjoy the Hawaiian sun. Big news on this day? Michael braved the water slide. It took 4 days of watching Patrick slide down with a smile the size of a slice of watermellon for him to work up the courage, but he did it. We were all so proud of him but no one was more proud than Michael himself.

The following day we said Aloha to Hawaii and headed home. It was time. The vacation was incredible but it was time to go home. We missed our beds and I missed my dog.

And here are the rest!

So it is possible…




It only took 18 hours of travel in one day and a bed time of 1am but they did it. They slept in!
It is 10:30am Minnesota time and 5:30am Hawaii time. Jess is right,  this time change thing is brutal!

Hawaii Day Four

Today is our last day on the Big Island so we wanted to fit in as much beach time as possible. We didn’t want to spend the day driving, we wanted to play! So play and beach and splash and rocks and sand we did.

Elise started the day making friends with a trilingual little girl named Lizzie. Lizzie is not only trilingual but has a German nanny, has been to Europe and this is her second trip to Hawaii in the past 6 months.

Elise shared the bucket and shovel nicer than Lizzie so we will see who goes farther in life!

Every trip to the beach we become just a little more effiecent and well planned, Tim would have typed “laden down with more crap.”

Even on Day Four, the rocks are still fascinating to all three kiddos.


Then we lunched and quiet play timed and then hit the sand beach; this time with boogie boards!

And Beth and I finished the day with a sunset.

not as many pics today but if you want to see more, go here!

Hawaii Day Three

Not exactly sure why, but when Elise and I went down stairs on day three this is what we found.

Like I said yesterday, Hawaii is exhausting.

Even though I didn’t get to hit up the HUGE farmers market full of fresh fruit and hand made goodies and crafts on day two, I was able to convince Tim to pull over to the side of the road and hit up a fruit stand.

Elise and I sliced up the bounty from the fruit stand for breakfast. Did you know Papayas that are ready to eat are yellow on the outside? Oh and fruit tastes completely different here than it does in the mid west. YUM!

And limes (LIMES?!) can be orange! ORANGE!

After another big breakfast we loaded up the van with heavy snacks, lots of water, changes of clothes and chocolate (last thing we wanted was another blood sugar drop!) and set the navigation system for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park!

The van ride was just under two hours of breathtaking views.

This one is slightly more beautiful.

And some handsome gadget busy boys

At the park we saw craters and steam.

(written by Tim while Meg puts on her swimsuit) The pictures don’t do the immense scale of the caldera justice.  The whole caldera is actually the ridge at the right of the image below, which used to be a mountain before the churning magma underneath it caused the whole volcano to collapse.  The actual molten lava was about 400 ft beneath the ridge where you see the steam coming up, which you normally wouldn’t see, except for the fact this volcano has been in an active eruption since 2008!

Here is a photo of the caldera from another angle with a trio of kids blocking the view.

Michael soaked up volcano info like a sponge because of his souvenir book we bought him. Want to know something about a volcano? Ask Michael.

Elise got chilled from all the wind and Beth was kind enough to share her t-shirt. The one thing I didn’t pack for our volcano excursion was warm clothes. Sweatshirts would have been welcomed by all.

Patrick checking out the lava rocks and Michael learning all about goddess Pele.


Our Crew.

Just a few minute drive down the volcano road led us to the rainforest side of the volcano. It is insane how quickly the biomes change in Hawaii.

In the rainforest there was a lava tube that we could walk through. It is a tube made by, you guessed it, lava! The boys (especially Patrick) loved walking through the lava tunnel.

And just a few minutes from the lush rainforest was the “devastation area”

the rocks were shiny and quite pretty. It looked like they had little gold flecks and other little flecks of gems in them.

better rock photos with less Patrick here and here.

The devastation trail was the last we were able to squeeze out of the kids on just snacks in their bellies. They needed real food so we headed out of the park and got some food. While at the restaurant Elise made it very clear she was not up for a waterfall hike so we split up from the friends we were touring volcanoes with and headed home. It was the right choice but a bit of a let down that we were going to miss out on the Rainbow Falls.

Fortunate for us, the drive home wasn’t too shabby so we don’t feel to bummed, we are in Hawaii after all!

and just around the corner from the green grass and cliff sides, was a lava devastated area.

We even found a little Episcopal Church on the way back; St. Judes.

There is a Vicar position open if anyone knows of someone who would be interested!

When we got home we had some supper and put Elise down for bed. Beth stayed with the boys and put them down while Tim and I enjoyed the waves crashing and a Hawaiian sunset on our rock beach.

a few dozen more pics here.